Tue October 1: Open Mic / Jazz Jam with the Simon Brown Trio
Bedfords Bar
Entry £6
Join us at Bedfords Bar for the monthly jam session, where guest performers are invited to sit in with the house trio. Located in the upstairs bar you can enjoy the music from the comfort of the sofas or from around 2- and 4-seater tables. Musicians of all ages and experience are welcome so join us on-stage for a blow, or relax and listen to some of the city's finest jazz talent.

Admission £6

Doors 7.30pm / Music from 8-11pm

Bedfords Bar, 1 Old Post Office Yard, Bedford Street, Norwich, NR2 1SL (see location)
Tue October 15: Jim Rattigan's Pavillon (Full line-up below)

See video
Bedfords Bar
Entry £16 U25s £8
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Percy Purseglove (trumpet)
Steve Fishwick (trumpet)
Robbie Robson (trumpet)
Jim Rattigan (french horn)
Mark Nightingale (trombone)
Sarah Williams (trombone)
Martin Speake (saxes)
Andy Panayi (saxes)
Mick Foster (saxes)
Hans Koller (piano)
Dave Whitford (double bass)
Martin France (drums)

Given that 2019 marks Norwich Jazz Club’s 30th year in its present form it seemed only right to push the boat out a little and when Jim Rattigan got in touch about his Pavillon ensemble it seemed like too good an opportunity to miss.

The line-up of this contemporary 12-piece ensemble reads like a who’s who of the UK jazz scene and features many of the great players that we’ve seen at the club over the last 30 years (maybe some not recently enough..)

Jim’s writing for the band arises from a tradition that leads from Duke Ellington through Gil Evans and Charles Mingus and has enjoyed much critical acclaim in the music press; but to get the clearest idea of the nature and calibre of the project click here to find multiple tracks from the band’s 2011 album ‘Strong Tea’.

It’s not yet clear how we’ll fit the band on the stage at Bedfords (!) but you’re guaranteed a lively night in the intimate space that the bar provides. We hope that you’ll forgive the slightly elevated admission price which enables us to feature this amazing band.

Doors 7.30pm / music from 8.30-11pm.

Entry £16 / U25s £8 / after 9.30pm £8
Tickets are available in advance here or on the door.

Bedfords Bar, 1 Old Post Office Yard, Bedford Street, Norwich, NR2 1SL (see location)

NOTES ABOUT THE VENUE:

Gigs take place in the upstairs bar where up to 70 patrons can be accommodated around tables, in the sofas or on individual seats. There's a great choice of beers and wines at the bar and complimentary table snacks will be available. (Please note that meals are currently not available at the venue). The nearest multi-story car park is St.Andrew's Car Park a short 2min walk away on Duke Street.


Tue November 12: Alex Hitchcock Quartet Alex Hitchcock (tenor)
Will Barry (piano)
Fergus Ireland (bass)
Shane Forbes (drums)
Bedfords Bar
Entry £14 / U25s £7
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Tenorist Alex Hitchcock has previously performed at the club with funk combo Resolution 88 (due to return in February 2020) but this evening we're delighted to welcome him back with his own exciting new quartet as part of their UK winter tour.

Described by Jazzwise as part of ‘the shape of jazz to come’ in both 2018 and 2019, Alex is joined by three of the UK’s most acclaimed improvising musicians in Will Barry, Fergus Ireland and Shane Forbes. The group won the prestigious Peter Whittingham Jazz Award in 2018, and they're debuting all-new material during the course of the current tour.

This new band plays original music that is firmly rooted in the jazz tradition but the powerhouse rhythm section is unafraid to take the music in bold new directions. Expect driving contemporary swing as well as propulsive grooves and virtuosic soloing. You can watch new quartet here in a video which also features vocalist Cherise Adams Burnett.

‘Incredible young lion of the tenor sax' – GARETH LOCKRANE

'Sax virtuoso' – JAZZWISE

'A fantastic talent... undoubtedly one of the stars of the future' – Helen Mayhew, JAZZ FM

'Hitchcock blows contemporary post-Coltrane tenor soaring up into the outer limits' – BEBOP SPOKEN HERE

Doors 7.30pm / music from 8.30-11pm.

Entry £14 / U25s £7 / after 9.30pm £7
Tickets are available in advance here or on the door.

Bedfords Bar, 1 Old Post Office Yard, Bedford Street, Norwich, NR2 1SL (see location)

NOTES ABOUT THE VENUE:

Gigs take place in the upstairs bar where up to 70 patrons can be accommodated around tables, in the sofas or on individual seats. There's a great choice of beers and wines at the bar and complimentary table snacks will be available. (Please note that meals are currently not available at the venue). The nearest multi-story car park is St.Andrew's Car Park a short 2min walk away on Duke Street.
Tue December 10: O' Higgins & Luft play Monk & Trane Dave O' Higgins (tenor)
Rob Luft (guitar)
Scott Flanigan (organ)
Rod Youngs (drums)
Bedfords Bar
Entry £14 / U25s £7
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One of the final concerts of their substantial 40-date autumn tour, Norwich Jazz Club welcomes this amazing quartet headed up by Dave and Rob as they promote their new CD "O'Higgins & Luft play Monk and Trane" (Ubuntu Music 2019).

The repertoire will be made up of Thelonious Monk compositions (expect some rarely heard ones!) and tunes played by John Coltrane with especial reference to his choice of standards and various collaborations in the 1950s. Both Monk and Trane were "modernists" but also steeped in swing and the rich tradition of the beboppers. Dave and Rob intend to respect this lineage whilst putting their own mark on it. Expect some swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration. Meantime you can check out their promotional video here.

Doors 7.30pm / music from 8.30-11pm.

Entry £14 / U25s £7 / after 9.30pm £7
Tickets are available in advance here or on the door.

Bedfords Bar, 1 Old Post Office Yard, Bedford Street, Norwich, NR2 1SL (see location)

NOTES ABOUT THE VENUE:

Gigs take place in the upstairs bar where up to 70 patrons can be accommodated around tables, in the sofas or on individual seats. There's a great choice of beers and wines at the bar and complimentary table snacks will be available. (Please note that meals are currently not available at the venue). The nearest multi-story car park is St.Andrew's Car Park a short 2min walk away on Duke Street.



Sat March 21: The Gaz Hughes Sextet Plays Art Blakey Alan Barnes (alto / bari sax)
Bruce Adams (trumpet)
Dean Masser (tenor sax)
Andrzej Baranek (piano)
Ed Harrison (bass)
Gaz Hughes (drums)
Dereham Memorial Hall
Entry £16 (adv) £18 (door)
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** SPECIAL EVENT **

An 'Art Blakey Live' record is the first jazz album that Gaz Hughes ever bought and remains one of his most played and treasured albums - endlessly inspiring him and offering new insights with every listen. When it came to making his first album as band leader, choosing to spotlight the music of Art Blakey was for Gaz the most obvious and natural thing. Consequently, timeless and much-loved tracks by composers such as Bobby Watson, Wayne Shorter, Freddie Hubbard and Curtis Fuller feature on the new album and will be performed by the sextet tonight.

Featuring in this project are some of the most influential musicians on the UK jazz scene today, including the superb talents of club favourites Alan Barnes, Bruce Adams and Dean Masser. Having worked with each of these performers separately Gaz has found them to be an inspiring joy and knew that they would contribute something very special when the time came to go into the studio.

Norwich Jazz Club is looking forward to welcoming the sextet on-stage at this very special event, profits from which we hope will help to sustain our programme throughout 2020.

Doors 7pm / music from 8-10.30pm.

Tickets: £16 in advance or £18 on the door.

Dereham Memorial Hall, 62a Norwich Street, Dereham,
NR19 1AD (see location)

NOTES ABOUT THE VENUE:

Dereham Memorial Hall is a smart, recently-refurbished theatre with a raised stage, and with raked seating (including a balcony) for up to 294 patrons. There's a separate bar and we'll be opening the doors an hour before the show to give you time to relax with a drink and maybe purchase some tickets for our special one-off jazz club raffle (draw to take place on-stage just before the band's 2nd set).